a perfect summertime saturday evening

Sunday, June 12, 2016

 I love going to mass on Saturday evenings! We never went to this mass very much until Aiden started alter serving and is usually assigned to this mass. Now as it has become more routine (at least a few times a month) I really enjoy it. Sister, on the other hand, was not too thrilled about leaving the house yesterday for mass. If we are keeping it real, I was not at all looking forward to this mood in Mass.

But to my surprise she was actually quite pleasant :) She even sang the Gloria which took my breath away. I swear this one always keeps me on my toes yet gives me some of my greatest highs in parenthood. After Mass she was all smiles! See Mass does everyone good :)

Since it was so nice out and still very sunny the kids decided to swim while Cam grilled up some burgers and hot dogs. I got to sit back and relax which was much needed and so very nice!

I absolutely love summertime. I love the long days of sun, warm evenings and tons of time with my family. Are my kids crazy alot of the time...yup. Are there times I want to run away or lock everyone in a closet...yup. However the really good times are worth all the crazy and I have found that the more we are together the better we work as a family. 

A few months ago I found this message from Pope Francis on families. I took a screen shot on my phone and have read it over many, many times. I just love the message :)

Enjoy and Happy Sunday!

"There is no perfect family. We don't have perfect parents, we are not perfect, we don't get married with a perfect person nor do we have perfect kids. We have complaints of each other. We were disappointed to each other. Therefore, there is no healthy marriage or healthy family without the exercise of forgiveness. Forgiveness is vital to our emotional health and spiritual survival. Without forgiveness the family becomes a theater of conflict and a bastion of grievances. Without forgiveness the family gets sick. Forgiveness is the sterilization of the soul, the cleaning of the mind and the liberation of the heart. Who does not forgive has no peace of soul nor communion with God. The pain is a poison that intoxicates and kills. Who does not forgive sickens physically, emotionally and spiritually. That's why the family has to be a place of life and not of death; territory of healing and not of disease; stage of forgiveness and not of guilt. Forgiveness brings joy where sorrow produced pain; and healing, where pain caused disease." 
~Pope Francis

1 comment:

  1. Love that quote and desperately needed it today! Love u!


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